Property of the Month – Ngala Safari Lodge

Timbavati is a 53 000 hectare private game reserve which sits on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park. Here you will find an abundance of wildlife and ecosystems, especially for nature lovers who want to see the famous Big Five. Timbavati Private Game Reserve was founded nearly 70 years ago when conservationists decided to transform unsuccessful farmland into a private game reserve. This successful story continued when the fences between the private reserve and the Kruger National Park were dropped to allow the area to form part of a much larger wildlife sanctuary.

Now couples, families and wildlife enthusiasts flock to this bountiful reserve on exciting bush breaks, family safaris and photographic expeditions – staying at this month’s property of the month, Ngala Safari Lodge. Situated in Timbavati Private Game Reserve, this lodge offers spectacular big game viewing because of the unfenced border. Guests celebrate the sightings of elephants, rhinos, buffalo, leopards, cheetahs, African wild dogs and Timbavati’s very own rare white lions moving through the expansive land!

This is what makes Ngala Safari Lodge so special – the possibility of catching a glimpse of these rare beauties. But this isn’t the only reason this lodge is our property of the month… Ngala Safari Lodge is perfect for first-timers. Guides will take guests on sensitive off-road drives to get close-up game sightings. If you’re more of a night own or your to-see list is filled with nocturnal animals, late afternoon game drives can continue into the dark expanse of the night. Not only will you see animals roaming freely between the Kruger National Park and Timbavati, but guest areas overlook a private waterhole that provides exiting sightings from the comfort of your deck chair.

And if you place more emphasis on where you will rest your head than what you will see, the thatched cottages provide a classic old-world charm taking inspiration from colonial-style design and décor. Tastefully decorated, your attention is drawn to the antiques. Ngala Safari Lodge is renowned for its excellent accommodation and service, offering guests that Silver service from a time gone by, perfectly complimenting the gracious atmosphere.

The magic and mystery of this quaint lodge creates a feeling of both nostalgia and romance. Time stands still at this royal property as the cottages fuse effortlessly with the rugged natural setting as the manicured lawns merge with the raw African bush, Mopane thickets and wildlife. Relax on your private veranda and soak up the romantic ambiance before ending your night around the boma or under countless lanterns and candles nestled between the trees.

Before you leave, take the opportunity to properly distress with a relaxing massage at the lodge spa or embark on scenic helicopter flight and soar over the picturesque landscapes.

Coming Soon – The Farmstead

The Farmstead, Royal Malewane

We are thrilled to announce that The Royal Portfolio is welcoming a wonderful and exclusive new addition at Royal Malewane – The Farmstead. This new safari lodge is a short 12 minute drive south of the existing lodge and will open on 1 June 2019.

This homely, yet luxurious lodge overlooks a watering hole frequented by an abundance of popular wildlife and offers unobstructed views of the Kruger National Park. The character of The Farmstead can be described as rustic luxury with the finest service and remarkable cuisine that guests have come to expect over 20 years at Royal Malewane and synonymous with The Royal Portfolio’s excellent standard. Guests are guaranteed the same incredible safari experience with the most qualified guiding team in Africa.

You’ll finally know what it’s like to be transported to a place with old-world charm and elegance. The land is elevated leaving you feeling like you are soaring above dramatic canopies, showing you a bird’s-eye view of the rolling plains and savannah grasslands. What better place to enjoy the ultimate Big 5 with the whole family.

The Farmstead

The Farmstead at Royal Malewane consists of three Luxury Farm Suites and The Farmhouse on either side of the main lodge area. Three times a day you can meet up here to relax and enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner in the most elegant and comfortable space with fantastic views of the abundant wildlife. This is just a taste of the Kruger’s grandeur – until the stars start coming out and you are welcomed around the fire pit to reflect on the days adventures. And if you need some downtime from all the amazing outdoor activities, the main lodge area has a world-class double spa treatment room Guests can choose between one of four individual units or the exclusive use of The Farmstead which is ideal for up to 14 guests.

Exquisite Décor

Liz Biden, owner of The Royal Portfolio, has already acquired much of the eclectic furniture and original art. Commenting on the unique style, Liz Biden said, “Expect light oak, tin rooves, wrought iron, original artwork and gentle hues of blue and white with Royal Blue, Indigo and Turquoise patterns adorning the fabrics of the comfy sofas on wide verandas that echo a bygone era where time moved slowly and days evolved with the natural rhythm of the African wilderness.”The Farmstead will redefine luxury safari accommodation with a completely different design and style to other lodges in Africa.

Luxury Farm Suites

There are three Luxury Farm Suites, each with a royal-sized bedroom and an en-suite bathroom with under-floor heating for those chilly mornings, a bath for those needing to submerge themselves under some bubbles, as well as a romantic outdoor shower. There are large front and back verandas as well as a beautiful deck and a private pool overlooking the bush where animals roam freely. Children over 10 are welcome in the Luxury Farm Suites.

The Farmhouse

The Farmhouse is a three and a half bedroom private villa which is ideal for families or a group of friends. The Farmhouse has its own private services including a chef, housekeeper and butler. Guests will have their own private safari vehicle with their own private Ranger and Tracker ensuring the ultimate luxurious experience. There are three main bedrooms as well as a children’s room. There is a magnificent deck with a large swimming pool flowing out into the bush. Children of all ages are welcome in The Farmhouse.

Community & Conservation

In keeping with The Royal Portfolio’s Purpose and Values, The Farmstead is part of a broader project to uplift local communities. Supporting the community and ensuring conservation of the environment are inextricably linked. It’s important to involve and educate the local community about the value of protecting Africa’s animals and plant life. The aim is to show people how sustainable tourism can uplift communities and the irreparable damage subsistence poaching and trophy hunting does. The Farmstead land is leased from the local community and will employ, train and develop locals. After the long-term lease, The Royal Portfolio has ensured that the land and asset will revert to the community with the option to continue working with The Royal Portfolio. The Royal Portfolio will also involve the local community in conservation efforts to preserve our precious fauna and flora of South Africa.

Access to Royal Malewane  

The Farmstead is easily accessible by road or by air. Iconic Africa suggests an easy flight from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport and a short 35 minute road transfer in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. Alternatively, an easy flight from Cape Town into Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport followed by an air transfer directly into Royal Malewane’s private airfield can be arranged. The Farmstead is a short drive south from the main lodge at Royal Malewane.

Why The Farmstead:

  • Children over 10 are welcome in the Luxury Farm Suites while children of all ages are welcome in the Farmhouse.
  • Enjoy starlit evenings around the sunken fire pit.
  • The Farmhouse offers private services and includes a dedicated chef, butler, housekeeper, safari vehicle, ranger and tracker.
  • The Farmstead is ideal for the exclusive use of up to 14 guests.
  • There is a double spa treatment room at The Farmstead for couple’s down-time.

For more on the Farmstead contact us here. 

 

Our Year in Pictures

Walter Benjamin understood that photographs could “meet the beholder halfway”. For those who cannot make it to Africa’s bush right now, we can deliver masterpieces straight to your screens! Carefully packaged in digestible form to examine over a morning coffee or in between dreary meetings – we’ve put together a select list of some of this year’s best captured wildlife, adventure and luxury moments. This is Africa for you – it’s the stuff dreams are made of!

Feel intoxicated with wildlife images so perfect it appears almost staged; or travel the world in a lunch break through the eyes of our talented photographers! These raw, candid pictures transport us every time to a different place.

This year provided us with jaw-dropping sunsets, meaningful wildlife moments and classic African landscape views. The power of these images can storm our consciousness and start transporting us to open savannahs, sparkling oceans and mountain tops. What starts off as an iridescent distraction soon remoulds our thought processes and invokes wanderlust in us.

Capturing some of 2018’s most iconic moments, we have seen a fantastic collection of photographs these past few months. Here are a few of our favourites selected just for you:

 

 

 

BREAKING NEWS – SAVE 40% with our Supersize Big 3 Luxury Itinerary

BREAKING NEWS: So for one weekend only we’ve managed to get you 40% off our Big 3 Luxury Itinerary. Book between 08h00 on Friday 23 November through to 23h00 on Monday 26 November and SAVE 40% on an unforgettable safari adventure.

For FULL ITINERARY and PRICE click HERE. 

ENQUIRE NOW or call us United States +1 888 345 3443 or  South Africa: +27 82 411 5776

Availability is limited so contact us as soon as possible so we can make your African safari dream come true.

Big 3 Luxury Itinerary

4 Nights – Cape Cadogan 

Begin with 4 nights at the monumental Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel. Deeply hidden in the heart of Cape Town’s trendiest and most vibrant quarter is this Victorian beauty that dates back to the early 1800’s.

3 Nights – Lion Sands River Lodge

Take a short flight to Lion Sands River Lodge in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve for your next memorable 4 night stay. Besides mouth-watering cuisines, Lion Sands is a haven of relaxation, in the midst of the sensational Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

End off your journey at the invigorating and thrilling Victoria Falls with 3 nights at the Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel.

Includes:

Meet and Greet at Cape Town International Airport

Return private road transfers between Cape Town Airport and Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel.

4 night’s accommodation at Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel in 1 x Luxury Room on a bed and breakfast basis

Scheduled flight from Cape Town to Skukuza Airport

Return 4×4 game drive vehicle transfers between Skukuza Airport and Lion Sands River Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve

3 night’s accommodation at Lion Sands River Lodge in 1 x Luxury Room on a fully inclusive basis

Scheduled flight from Skukuza Airport to Nelspruit Airport

Scheduled flight from Nelspruit Airport to Livingstsone Airport, Zambia

Meet and Greet and private cross border road transfer from Livingstone Airport to the Stanley & Livingtone Boutique Hotel

3 night’s accommodation at Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel in 1 x Luxury Suite on a bed & breakfast basis

Road transfer from Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel to Victoria Falls Airport

Scheduled flight from Victoria Falls Airport to OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa

Excludes:

International flights (into Cape Town and out of Johannesburg). travel insurance, KazaUni Visa entry fee Zambia & Zimbabwe at USD50 per person, items of a personal nature, gratuities, all recommended touring

Terms & Conditions

Book between 08h00 on Friday 23 November through to 23h00 on Monday 26 November to qualify for this deal. 

Valid for travel between 04 January and 30 April 2019. Further discounts apply for travel between 01 and 31 May 2019.

This deal is subject to currency fluctuations and seat and accommodation availability at time of booking. Tour length can be extended/reduced if required and all properties can be booked as standalone, subject  to T&C’s. Hurry and book now! For other Black Friday tours, click here. 

BLACK FRIDAY – SAVE OVER 35% on our Sensational Southern Africa Luxury Itinerary

Have you already run out of gift ideas? There’s no better surprise than a triple-decker delight! Not just one, but three amazing hand-picked luxury destinations.  Experience Africa at its very best with this sensational 11 day tour including Cape Town, the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.This is your chance to have that beach paradise and bush safari experience all in one. Book before the 30th November and SAVE OVER 35%.

For FULL ITINERARY and PRICE click HERE.

ENQUIRE NOW or call us: United States +1 888 345 3443 or South Africa: +27 82 411 5776

Availability is limited so contact us as soon as possible so we can make your African safari dream come true.

 Sensational Southern Africa Luxury Itinerary

Dulini Lodge Lion

4 Nights – Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa

Spend your first 4 nights at the decadent Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa nestled into the side of Table Mountain.

4 Nights – Dulini Lodge

You’ll then be chartered and transferred to Dulini Lodge in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve for 4 nights. The splendour of Dulini Game Reserve lies in the exclusivity of its luxurious lodges, incredible wildlife and talented trackers.

Dulini Leadwood Lodge

3 Nights – Victoria Falls River Lodge

End off your trip with 3 magical nights at the Victoria Falls River Lodge Luxury Tented Suites in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Includes:

Meet and Greet at Cape Town International Airport.

Return private road transfers between Cape Town Airport and the 12 Apostles.

4 night’s accommodation at the 12 Apostles Hotel in a Superior Sea Facing Room on a bed and breakfast basis

Scheduled flight from Cape Town via Nelspruit to Ulusaba Airstrip.

Return 4×4 game drive vehicle transfers between Ulusaba Airstrip and Dulini Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

3 night’s accommodation at Dulini Lodge in a Luxury Suite on a fully inclusive basis.

Scheduled flight from Ulusaba Airstrip to Nelspruit Airport.

Scheduled flight from Nelspruit Airport to Livingstsone Airport, Zambia.

Meet and Greet and private cross border road transfer from Livingstone Airport to Victoria Falls River Lodge.

4 night’s accommodation at Victoria Falls River Lodge in a Luxury Tent on a fully inclusive basis.

Road transfer from Victoria Falls River Lodge to Victoria Falls Airport.

Scheduled flight from Victoria Falls Airport to OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Excludes:

International flights (into Cape Town and out of Johannesburg.)

Travel insurance.

KazaUni Visa entry fee Zambia & Zimbabwe at USD50 per person.

Items of a personal nature.

Gratuities.

All recommended touring.

Terms & Conditions

Book before 30th November at the absolute latest to qualify for this deal. 

Valid for travel between 05 January and 31 March 2019.

This deal is subject to currency fluctuations and seat and accommodation availability at time of booking. Tour length can be extended/reduced if required and all properties can be booked as standalone, subject to T&C’s.  For other Black Friday tours, look here. 

Hurry and book now!

 

 

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL – SAVE OVER 35% on our Big 3 Luxury Itinerary

It’s Black Friday time… and we have some once-in-a-lifetime safari tour deals for you here. Spend 10 amazing nights in charming Cape Town, the sensational Sabi Sands and the wonder of Zimbabwe’s majestic Victoria Falls. This really is the experience of a lifetime! You won’t want to miss out on this first-class, hand-selected itinerary with a one-time only, over 35% discount! Deal ends 30th November

For FULL ITINERARY and PRICE click HERE. 

ENQUIRE NOW or call us: United States +1 888 345 3443 or  South Africa: +27 82 411 5776

Availability is limited so contact us as soon as possible so we can make your African safari dream come true.

Supersize Big 3 Luxury Itinerary

4 Nights – Cape Cadogan 

Begin with 4 nights at the monumental Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel. Deeply hidden in the heart of Cape Town’s trendiest and most vibrant quarter is this Victorian beauty that dates back to the early 1800’s.

3 Nights – Lion Sands River Lodge

Take a short flight to Lion Sands River Lodge in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve for your next memorable 4 night stay. Besides mouth-watering cuisines, Lion Sands is a haven of relaxation, in the midst of the sensational Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

End off your journey at the invigorating and thrilling Victoria Falls with 3 nights at the Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel.

Includes:

Meet and Greet at Cape Town International Airport.

Return private transfers between Cape Town Airport and Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel.

4 night’s accommodation at Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel in a Luxury Room on a bed and breakfast basis.

Scheduled flight from Cape Town to Skukuza Airport.

Return 4×4 game drive vehicle transfers between Skukuza Airport and Lion Sands River Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

3 night’s accommodation at Lion Sands River Lodge in a Luxury Room on a fully inclusive basis.

Scheduled flight from Skukuza Airport to Nelspruit Airport.

Scheduled flight from Nelspruit Airport to Livingstone Airport, Zambia.

Meet and Greet and private cross border road transfer from Livingstone Airport to the Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel.

3 night’s accommodation at Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel in a Luxury Suite on a half board basis.

Transfer from Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel to Victoria Falls Airport.

Scheduled flight from Victoria Falls Airport to OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

Excludes:

International flights (into Cape Town and out of Johannesburg.)

Travel insurance.

KazaUni Visa entry fee Zambia & Zimbabwe at USD50 per person.

Items of a personal nature.

Gratuities.

All recommended touring.

 

Terms & Conditions

Book before 30th November at the absolute latest to qualify for this deal.

Valid for travel between 05 January and 31 March 2019.

This deal is subject to currency fluctuations and seat and accommodation availability at time of booking. Tour length can be extended/reduced if required and all properties can be booked as standalone, subject  to T&C’s. Hurry and book now! For other Black Friday tours, click here. 

10 Things to Consider When Planning A Safari

As you may already know, planning a safari adventure isn’t without its complications. It’s difficult to know what to expect and there are a number of things that you need to organise in order for your trip to be a success. Because planning a safari can be a daunting task, we have compiled a list of the top ten things that you should consider while you are in the planning stages of your African adventure.

Lions Sands Ultimate Luxury Safari

1. Plan your trip way in advance
Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that there is a huge demand for safaris. Depending on where you are planning to go on safari, you will need to book your stay in advance. Some camps require you to book at least six months in advance, whereas others might require you to even book a whole year in advance. So, if your dates aren’t flexible, you need to keep this in mind.

2. Do your own research
Part of planning your trip is doing your research. It is important to do your own research so that you know what you can expect. Luckily, there is a vast amount of information on the internet for you to look at. It can be daunting, and you may have more questions than answers after doing your research, but at least you’ll know what you want to ask your safari specialist.

3. Consider visiting Africa in the shoulder season
This is a really great time to visit the parks because there are fewer vehicles and visitors and the prices are often much less. Because there are fewer vehicles, you will also be able to spot wildlife more easily – you might even have the whole park all to yourself.

Buffalo Walking Safaris Iconic Africa

4. Manage your expectations
Seeing the Big Five is never guaranteed, but that’s part of the appeal of going on a safari. Who wants a boring and predictable trip anyway? However, what is guaranteed is that you will definitely see wildlife wherever you choose to go in Africa. So don’t get too hung up about what you see or don’t see while you’re in Africa. You’ll have a splendid time sighting all kinds of mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

5. Remember that you will get what you pay for
In most cases, the more you pay, the better your experience. Usually the more expensive places have better game viewing or better guides, and they certainly have better service. If you’re unsure of a place to choose, you can always contact us for advice and we’ll recommend the best place to suit your needs.

Rock Fig Safari Lodge Timbervati Pool

6. Make sure that you have the right malaria tablets or vaccines
This is very important! Nothing will rescind the joy of your safari more than contracting malaria. Most of the parks in Africa are malaria areas, with the exception of South Africa. Visit a travel clinic for advice about the best malaria medication for you, and ensure that you have enough time to start your medication a few weeks before your trip to allow time for it to work.

7. Think about combining your safari adventure with a beach holiday
Safaris can be quite tiring so it’s always a good idea to plan a little beach trip for while you’re in Africa. There’s no better way to unwind after a spectacular safari than on some of the best beaches in the world, so it’s definitely worth considering. Visiting the seaside also extends your African holiday a bit, and it isn’t excessively expensive.

8. Don’t make your safari too long
This is something that we can’t stress enough! Safaris soon lose their appeal when you start to feel tired, so we like to suggest that the best amount of time to spend on safari is three to seven days. Remember, time slows down in the bush, so although three to seven days may seem too short, we can guarantee that it isn’t.

Gorilla Trek Tours Rwanda Iconic Africa

9. Start your safari the day after you arrive in Africa
This is one of the best tips we can give our clients. Long flights can be so exhausting. It’s a good idea to spend your first night in a nice hotel to recover from any jetlag or exhaustion that you may have from travelling. After all, you need to be wide awake to spot all of those animals on safari!

Golden Monkeys Gorrila Treks Rwanda Iconic Arica

The right safari specialist is key. Contact us to answer any of your questions, and we will guide you on when to go, where to go and what to do on your next adventure. In fact we can plan every step for you!

What exactly is a safari?

Great… You’ve finally decided to book that once-in-a-lifetime vacation to Africa. But you’re still not sure what exactly a safari is? Fear not! It’s as you’d expect – amazing wildlife sightings, great company and even better food.

A typical African safari is a journey or an expedition to observe wild animals in their natural habitat.

The Swahili word ‘safari’ which comes from the Arabic origin (safar) has always described an overland journey, usually taken by tourists. ‘To travel’ in Swahili is kusafiri which would include any type of journey, from bus to ferry. Thanks to Richard Burton, the explorer, the word safari entered the English language in the1850’s.  In the past, a safari was often a trip taken to hunt big game, but now it is to observe and photograph majestic animals and landscapes and even hike surrounding trails and sightsee.

Now that you know what a safari is, you’re probably wondering what you can expect while on a safari? Here are a few highlights to get you excited about your next trip:

Your day-to-day itinerary will differ depending on the destination and accommodation you have chosen. Even visiting a private reserve compared to a national park will offer a contrasting experience. Each country, reserve and lodge has its own character and many will offer various activities and unique sightings such as the silverback gorillas in Rwanda or the white lions in the Sabi Sands. This is just one of the reasons why going on safari is so addictive!

Iconic-Africa-Rwanda-Gorillas

A luxury safari at one of our leading accommodations is all-inclusive covering tours, food, drinks and expeditions. Our carefully curated luxury packages offer travellers the comforts of home whilst in Africa’s bush. You will feel all the authenticity of a traditional safari and bush camp – the camp-style tents, evening fire pits and cultural immersion with the comforts of air-conditioned suites to rich linens, exquisite décor and world-class service.

Now that you know what you can expect, be prepared to start your day early each morning to catch Africa’s breath-taking sunrises and animal sightings. You’ll have 360 degree uninterrupted views of the beauty all around you – which makes rolling out of bed before the crack of dawn so much easier! Don’t forget your sunblock, sun hat and to have your camera charged and ready.
You may be thinking that sitting in the back of a game vehicle can be boring. But you’re constantly on the lookout for wildlife and everything else the exquisite African bush can treat and teach you about. Most accommodations have spa facilities, great adventure activities, outdoor meals and private viewing decks from your suite.

There will always be something new to see, do and experience. And while it’s impossible to guess or predict what wildlife you will see, most days on safari follow a ‘routine’. This is what a standard day might look like:

You will want to leave the sanctuary of your bed to see the active animals begin their daily routines. The best time for game viewing is before the sun is overhead.

Selinda Explorers Camp WIldlife

Don’t worry, you’ll have some scrumptious rusks and coffee before you leave and be back in time for a hearty breakfast or brunch. Perhaps you will stop for a morning picnic along the way if you have a full day’s game viewing planned.

You can return for a long and relaxing lunchtime when the animals are most inactive. Use this time to unwind with a book and some bubbly or enjoy a refreshing swim. If you haven’t had enough of the wildlife, you can do some game viewing from your private deck.

Most guests head out for another game drive late afternoon when it starts to cool off. Have some snacks and tea before you start looking for animals on the move. By this time, some predators will be grocery shopping for their dinner.

As you make your way back to the camp, the night drive will show you some of nature’s most elusive and nocturnal animals.

Just in time for a delectable and romantic dinner – most probably enjoyed outside under the starlit sky – reminisce the day’s spectacular sightings and end off another wonderful day in Africa around the campfire.

Don’t let routine scare you! As with nature, expect the unexpected. Each day will be unique and no two game drives will be the same. Not forgetting the amazing sunsets that are as distinctive as a fingerprint.

Visit our destinations page for all your safari options, including Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Zambia, South Africa and more.

Getting to know the Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is a world-famous sanctuary to both animals and humans alike. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of South Africa, the park offers visitors an unparalleled experience that is ranked with the best in the world. Here you will witness some of the greatest wildlife sightings in Africa. The Kruger is home to all of our iconic safari friends – the Big Five, the cheetah, giraffe, hippo, zebra and so many others. These majestic species share the bushveld with 147 other mammals and hundreds of bird species. These impressive numbers don’t end here: This enormous park showcases 336 different kinds of trees, including the Baobab, Fever Tree, Knob Thorn, Marula, Mopane; 49 fish species; various amphibians and not forgetting our reptile friends.

The quickest way to begin your amazing journey through the Kruger National Park is to fly into O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. From here you can catch a connecting flight goes to Nelspruit Airport or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) if you plan to visit the southern part of the Kruger.

Singita Sabi Sands Kruger Park

Covering nearly 2 million hectares of pristine and untouched wilderness, the park sustains a diversity of ecosystems, history and archaeological sites like the Masorini and Thulamela. There are nearly 254 recorded cultural heritage sites in the park, of which 130 are rock art sites. When you aren’t too busy looking for lions and cheetahs, Take a moment to spot bushman rock paintings as well! The Kruger National Park is also a frontrunner in advanced environmental management techniques and policies – especially regarding our beloved elephants.

 

With over 30 accommodations – from bush camps to luxury lodges – and dozens of activities and top sights, you are guaranteed an exciting and memorable time at one of the world’s most prestigious wildlife watching destinations.

Ivory Lodge Lions Sands Lion Kruger Park Safari

Remember that early mornings and evening drives are usually when wildlife is most active –it’s worth your while to wake up early if you’ll get to see.

 

 

 

  • The Big 5;
  • The Little Five – Buffalo Weaver, Elephant Shrew, Leopard Tortoise, Ant Lion and Rhino Beetle;
  • Wild dogs;
  • And the Fish Eagle

If you’re an avid birder, look out for the Ground Hornbill, Kori Bustard, Lappet- faced Vulture, Martial Eagle, Pel’s Fishing Owl and Saddle-bill Stork and don’t forget that zoom lens and an extra SD card.

European Roller Walking Safaris Birds Iconic Africa

The Kruger National Park’s sheer size is unimaginable to first-timers. Don’t try to cover too great a distance in a short time. This massive tract of land would love to see your return soon! So enjoy a slow travel and stop regularly to see as much action as the great outdoors has to offer…  For our most favourite spots to stay in the Kruger click here.

 

A ‘Workation’ in Africa

Vacations are synonymous with relaxation, unwinding and ‘switching off’. Many travellers, couples and families head to destinations where they have no access to WI-FI, cell service, or contact with the outside world. It is a time for rejuvenation, healing and time spent with loved ones. There’s probably a link between increased endorphins and setting up your out-of-office reply, but not everyone has the advantage of a Monday to Friday work-week or enough leave days to actually vacate reality and escape.

In this day and age – many of us take our work with us, everywhere, even on vacation. This has progressed the mobile office space to a new level, and has recently been referred to as a ‘workation’.  Sometimes a change of environment is enough to catch a break. The watercolour sunsets and mirages may even bring inspiration. This new way of working has seen many travel-hungry businessmen successfully accomplish tasks while seeing the world.

But internet connectivity in some parts of the world can be sporadic at best and remote areas often have poor signal, let alone bandwith. Unreliable connections makes checking-in and social engagement a frustrating experience.

We have put together our top five ‘workation’ destinaions for those who need to retreat back into the wild but can’t leave their e-mails behind:

  1. Madikwe, South Africa

The possibility is that you would rather want to take in Madikwe’s panoramic views instead of hear your message notifications come in, but this luxury safari lodge offers guests excellent complimentary WI-FI throughout the lodge, laptop loans and business facilities for those who like to travel light.

  1. White Pearl, Mozambique

Here’s an opportunity to work hard and play hard. It is almost certain that you will have the chance to swim amongst dolphins or view migrating humpback whales while you’re strolling on the beach or reclining on your private deck. This ultimate African experience may inspire some creativity or give you the motivation to finish that task! While the guest areas have been designed for relaxation and romance, stretch out on your bed or day lounger and keep updated or simply post those magnificent pictures of the crystal blue water using the complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi.

  1. Mara Plains Camp, Kenya

Kenya is unparalleled in sceneries and adventure and Mara Plains Camp rolls both into one at one of the most iconic destinations in Africa. It’s not only millennials that will have a hard time not sharing these magical moments with the world as it happens. Luckily, Safaricom provides a decent 3G network in most parts of Kenya, and Mara Plains Camp offers mobile network to guests.

  1. Tongabezi, Zambia

Most travellers head to Tongabezi for a romantic stay. But posting those dreamy pictures to your Instagram may be more important than work e-mails. Catch up with loved ones and post those pictures that will have all your friends envious using the area around Victoria Falls and Livingstone’s mobile connectivity or Tongabezi’s uncapped Wi-Fi.

  1. All our properties in the Sabi Sands, Kruger National Park

There’s no need to put off spending time in the bush. You can have it all – rest in a sanctuary for both humans and wildlife, and work at the same time while enjoying five star accommodation and fine dining opportunities. The Wi-Fi signal is strong in the one place you wish you could switch off…

Lions Sands Ivory Lodge Lounge Interior 2 Iconic Africa Luxury Safaris

May your travels take you where the signal is strong, but don’t forget to take the time to stop, switch off, submerge yourself in the amazing surroundings and let the magic of Africa wash over you.

Dulini River Lodge Reborn

The splendour of Dulini Game Reserve lies in the exclusivity of its luxurious lodges. Hugged by a leafy canopy of Ebony and Leadwood trees, and gracing the banks of the seasonal Mabrak and Sand River, Dulini River Lodge re-opened its doors in early May 2018 after the long awaited completion of its major upgrade and refurbishment.

The Dulini River Lodge has been born-again with a new look and feel, but remains a sanctuary of comfort and mindful restoration.

A river runs through it

Embraced by the grandeur of tall ancient trees, Dulini River Lodge enjoys an unsurpassable location in the world-renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Creatively designed to emphasize the wonder of the magnificent riverine setting, the allure of the new-look lodge is that it surprises on arrival, from the unexpected entrance through the trees to its cantilevered deck – where it’s not uncommon to secretly witness an elusive leopard pass by.

Six luxurious suites offer inspiring views of the Sand River

With only six blissfully cocooning suites, guests enjoy absolute seclusion and privacy. Inspired by the constantly changing beauty of the river, the new interiors are tactile and textured with cool, neutral linens complementing the washed wood and organic lines. Every luxurious element takes its cue from life on the river, capturing its rippled reflections and the ever-changing palette of subtle hues to create a calming and utterly relaxing haven.

Each suite boasts a private heated plunge pool overlooking the river that inevitably lures guests after an exhilarating game drive. No two game drives are ever the same in this pristine 10 000 hectare wilderness, where skilled Shangaan trackers and professional rangers tailor their drives around guests’ interests and share their wealth of knowledge. While the rich biodiversity of the reserve guarantees a rewarding Big Five game experience, the chorus of the bushveld birds, insects and riverine frogs at the lodge completes this African orchestra.

Become part of the family

Genuine warmth and thoughtful touches enhance every stay at Dulini River Lodge. The passionate team welcomes everyone with open arms, so much so that people arrive as guests and leave as family of Dulini. Many guests come as honeymooners and return time and again with family and friends. This time, our contemporary new look awaits new and returning guests!

Thank you Dulini Collection for the information and wonderful pictures of Dulini River Lodge. To see more images of the other Dulini lodges, click here. Or feel free to contact us for enquiries and reservations.

James Tyrrell – Safari Guide of the Year

Ask any traveller who has returned from a safari…. it is the guide and his tracker who truly defines and provides a memorable experience. Africa acknowledges this and is proud to have some excellent guides in our midst.

We are thrilled to celebrate James Tyrrell, winner of the 2018 Safari Guide of the Year competition who continues to demonstrate passion before duty! Join in our little fanfare for this great friend of ours and fabulous private guide who has shown great ability, but more so adoration and respect for the great African bush. This competition is a brilliant way to inspire guides to excel and recognises and rewards those who have set themselves apart from the rest. This isn’t the first time a Londolozi guide has won this incredible award and definitely not the last…

Unlike the insurmountable subjective “best of” lists, it is nice to know who is judging and based on what criteria. Through a process of elimination, Africa Direct in association with FGASA have assessed guides on numerous aspects such as tracking, game drives, guided walks, shooting, birding, story-telling and one of James’ finest achievements – photography.

There is much more to an African safari than sitting in the back of a vehicle and passively watching the scenery and wildlife pass you by. The quality of your guide can be a determining factor and it takes a passionate and dedicated one to be able to tailor experiences to suit different guests. Tyrrell not only shows but teaches too – about safety, animal spotting, birds, knowledge of the wilderness and people. He shares his passions and invokes them in others, transforming a typical safari into an extra-ordinary one.

While Tyrrell is fuelled simply by his love for what he does, let us boast about some of his accolades for him!

Evolved game guide turned photographer and filmmaker, Tyrrell is one of the most grounded and well-rounded guys out there. Besides his accumulated years of experience and repeated emphasis on his passion, we can truly say he is living his dream!

At an age where most kids are trying to correctly name colours and objects, Tyrrell was watching the documentary film ‘The Silent Hunter’ by co-founder of Londolozi, John Varty. Tyrrell’s film review was that Londolozi was the only place he would want to work at as a ranger. All kids have childhood dreams, Tyrrell saw his through!

James of all trades, master of quite a few.

Arriving at Londolozi, Tyrrell had minimal experience behind the lens of a camera. But with persistence, effort and a creative eye he now documents and shares stories of Londolozi and takes audiences on a visual journey from the comfort of their couch so that they may live vicariously through his South African perspective of the wilderness. Now everyone can share in and connect with the wonders of the bush!

James has been interested in photography for years, but it was only after he moved to the bush that he began pursuing it professionally. These environments rich with photographic opportunities allowed him to develop his skillsand he now works as a specialist photographic guide as well.

While most of us agree that Tyrrell should be in front of the camera once in a while, with that crooked smile and rugged beard under his brimmed hat, his passion and skill (not forgetting his natural ability to write) beckons him to be behind screens.

Good luck James with all future endeavours. We know you will make a success of whatever you pursue and look forward to many more wonderful photos and articles from you. To get in touch with James Tyrrell or view more of his awesome photographs, visit his Instagram account.